(11:50AM - 9/1/19) While relatively quiet weather is being seen across Illinois, most attention for the country has been focused on what is now Major Category 5 Hurricane Dorian.
Hurricane Dorian was upgraded to a category 5 hurricane earlier this morning. As of 11:50AM, Dorian currently features a minimum pressure of 911MB, sustained winds of 185MPH with gusts to 220MPH. Rapid intensification has been occurring this morning, as the eye of the hurricane approached the Bahamas. As of this post, Hurricane Dorain has made landfall at Elbow Cay, Bahamas. This makes Dorain tied for the strongest hurricane on record (wind wise) to make a landfall in the Atlantic basin, as well as the 6th strongest hurricane on record pressure wise to make a landfall. Dorain is also among the strongest hurricanes on record for the Atlantic basin overall, now tied with three other storms for having the 2nd highest winds on record...as well as being just outside of the top 10 hurricanes with the strongest minimum pressure on record. The storm will make a direct hit to Abaco Island and Grand Bahama today, bringing a combination of 185MPH winds, storm surge of 18-23', waves of 20-30' and 12-24" of rain. This will lead to destructive and catastrophic damage for these areas.
Beyond the Bahamas, Dorian is expected to curve to the north and the northeast, as it runs along the periphery of the Florida, Georgia and South Carolina coast. Along this track, it will bring some significant impacts to the coastline including; high winds, high surge, high waves and heavy/flooding rains. Fortunately, the absence of a direct landfall across these areas will help prevent more catastrophic and destructive impacts. Towards the end of the week, it is possible Dorain could come close, if not make landfall, in South Carolina or Northern Carolina. This still far out, and changes are likely at this distance.
Below is the latest NHC forecast for Hurricane Dorain.
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